City Population: 425,000
Language: ENGLISH, FILIPINO
Attractions: WORLD CLASS BEACHES, FESTIVALS, INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
Imagine paradise… white sand beaches with turquoise waters; multi-colored fish darting through rainbow coral reef; rainforests filled with mangos and coconuts; cocktails at sunset… now imagine yourself in the middle of it all. It may seem like a dream, but for those heading to Panay Island in the Philippines, this will be home for the duration of your placement.
Work the World are based in Iloilo, a buzzing university city that functions as a hub for both city dwellers, students and the many indigenous tribes that live on the island. Restaurants serve delicious seafood; bars spill out onto the street and the almost weekly array of vibrant festivals invoke the warm and welcoming spirit of the Filipino people. There is easy access to a host of adrenaline, cultural and relaxing activities on Guimaras island, just 15 minutes away by catamaran; the rainforest interior and Boracay Island, regularly voted as one of the top 5 beach destinations in the world.
In every Work the World house we employ a team of staff from the community. We really value their knowledge and understanding of the local area and encourage them to combine this with the high level of training we provide to give the best possible support and advice to our students.
Our team in Iloilo is headed up by Mishie Nolasco and they are available 24/7, with a caterer and housekeeper to keep everyone well fed and happy. Meals are included, with specific dietary requests catered for, and the kitchen is always open for snacks and fresh drinking water.
For most of our students, barbecue night is the highlight of the week – a true seafood extravaganza cooked up Filipino style.Read more about our staff
Accommodation & free time
Each of our Work the World destinations has a safe, secure private house for our students to live in. Our house in Iloilo is perfectly situated in a quiet residential area but with incredibly easy access to the best the city has to offer - an oasis of calm!
There are large bedrooms and comfortable communal areas where you can relax. For many of our students this is one of the best parts of the programme, giving you the chance to socialize with other international healthcare students and discuss not just healthcare in the Philippines, but all over the world.
We also provide free local language lessons – although the majority of people speak English, understanding the basics of the local dialect will help you with patients from more remote communities.More about what's included in the program
Working with Iloilo's hospitals
It is incredibly important to us that there is a bilateral benefit in our programs.
In addition to standard student fees which we donate to the hospitals, we recognise and reward individual supervisors and wards as well as make significant donations to specific departments.
In 2013, Work the World donated over $250,000 to our partner hospitals around the globe.Read more about us
It is the best thing I have ever done and I gained so much from the trip.
Emy Van Der Harg, University of Southampton 2014Read More
For me it seems impossible not to fall in love with the Philippines. It’s fair to say I had the trip of a lifetime.
Michelle Bone, University of Leeds 2014Read More
We met our supervisors at the orientation, so we knew who we would be working with, which was lovely.
Amy Alger-Green, Bristol University 2014Read More